Zetas leader "El Taliban" pleads guilty in McAllen drug trafficking case

Mexican marines search home in search of Zetas leader "El Taliban" // File Photo

A jailed Zetas leader known as "El Taliban" is now facing up to life in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug trafficking case in McAllen.

Ivan Caballero-Velasquez appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez in McAllen at 1 p.m. Monday.

The jailed Zetas leader, who goes by the nickname "El Taliban," is facing a March 2008 federal indictment for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Caballero-Velasquez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy charges.

The jailed Zetas leader has been in custody since his extradition from Mexico and is now expected to be sentenced on July 18th.

Caballero-Velasquez faces 10 years to life in prison as well as up to a $4 million dollar fine.

Marines with the Mexican Navy arrested Caballero-Velasquez during a daring raid at a home south of the border in San Luis Potosi back in September 2012.

Mexico extradited the Zetas leader to Laredo back in November 2013.

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